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Whatever Democratic candidates for president in 2008 do, or say, President Bush will have a no comment, according to his spokesman.
That’s no comment on the actions, no comment on the issues, no comment on the comments, and not even any comments on the comments about the comments, according to White House spokesman Tony Snow.
He was responding to a series of questions from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House. Kinsolving had asked: “The Washington Post headline reports as follows … ‘Clinton fights to keep impeachment taboo: Campaigns know to expect swift reprisals for any hint of the scandal.’ And my question – first question – does the president believe that if any Republican candidate were to agree to such censorship of important American history, that the bulk of American voters would not be outraged?”
“The president has already said he’s not going to play pundit-in-chief on this race, that applies to this question,” Snow said.
There also was a report quoting “Gov. Mitt Romney in Merrimack, N.H., as saying that he ‘relishes the furious infighting that has consumed Sens. [Hillary] Clinton, [D-N.Y.], and [Barack] Obama, [D-Ill.],’ and ‘It’s great, isn’t it? I love to see it when it happens on the other side.’ How can we interpret a refusal by you to comment as anything other than the president’s sharing Gov. Romney’s expressed delight?”
“Nice try,” said Snow. “I’ll refer you to the prior question.”
“Wait a minute…” Kinsolving asked.
“We just – we’re not commenting on the Democratic race. Period. We’re not commenting on comments about the Democratic race. We’re not commenting on comments about comments about comments on the Democratic race. We’re not even talking – commenting on Republican comments about the Democratic race,” Snow said.
“You mean he’s not going to have anything to do with this coming election; is that what you’re saying?” Kinsolving asked.
“I didn’t say that. I just said at this …” Snow said.
“Well, when does he start having something to do with it?”
“Not today. The president is not going to get himself involved in the primaries. … When there’s a Republican nominee and there is a race, then the president will do what the party or nominee think are appropriate,” he said.
Just a few days earlier, WND had asked about the bickering that has been going on between some of the Democratic candidates for president in 2008. Obama and Clinton have watched as their supporters have had words lately
“Considering the widespread news reports of the absolute political bloodbath between the Democrat senators from New York and from Illinois, how can we interpret a refusal by you to comment as anything other than the president’s delight at this decisively demonstrative Democrat development?” Kinsolving asked.
“That is a carefully crafted question. I will leave my non-comment for your interpretation,” said Tony Fratto, another White House spokesman. “The president said that he wasn’t going to become the pundit-in-chief. And so I think I will avoid becoming the deputy assistant to the non-pundit-in-chief.”
Over the weekend, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina told Face the Nation that the spat was just “silliness.” He said not a single voter has asked about the criticism of Clinton by Hollywood mogul David Geffen, a former Clinton supporter by now a fan of Obama.
The dispute was triggered by columnist Maureen Dowd, who in an interview with Geffen elicited his opinion that Clinton is polarizing.
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